Wednesday, June 15, 2016


 Picked up a new addition to the wiccan bag. A bottle of Frankincense essential oil. Made famous as a gift for Christ it actually has been used since antiquity as a healing oil.

"We have textual—and also archaeological—evidence that both frankincense and myrrh were used as medicinal substances in antiquity."
                                                             Alain Touwaide

Derived from the gummy sap of the Boswellia and Commiphora species of trees found primarily in Northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula the oil has several medicinal uses....

"The ancient Egyptians bought entire boatloads of the resins from the Phoenicians, using them in incense, insect repellent, perfume and salves for wounds and sores; they were also key ingredients in the embalming process. Myrrh oil served as a rejuvenating facial treatment, while frankincense was charred and ground into a power to make the heavy kohl eyeliner Egyptian women famously wore.

In modern times both Frankincense and Myrrh oils have been discovered to be very useful for a variety of ailments.....

"Frankincense oil is considered a tonic, as it benefits all the systems operating in the body, including the digestive, respiratory, nervous, and excretory systems. It also aids the absorption of nutrients and strengthens your immune system.."

I`ve purchased it mostly for it`s soothing quality for muscle aches and pains, including the treatment of arthritic conditions. Blended with other essential oils in a carrier oil I have been using it as a post exercise massage balm. It also treats acne and acne scaring quite well and my daughter has been using it to help treat her outbreaks. I`ve also begun to experiment with Frankincense (and other oils) in the making of a homemade aftershave. It also is effective as an insect repellent and I will begin incorporating it into my DIY bug sprays.

Warning - as with all essential oils check with your doctor if you are using prescription medications and always spot test to identify possible allergic reactions. Pregnant women and young children should seek the advice of a trained professional.

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